Suffolk

Hope for new Lowestoft bridge from A47 extension plans

Peter Aldous, Nigel Pickover, Stephen Ardley, Mark Bee, Graham Newman, Colin Law, Richard Perkins
Image caption Mark Bee, centre, said the road extension would benefit Lowestoft and Suffolk

A new bridge could be built in the centre of Lowestoft as part of a proposal to extend a major road.

A meeting between councillors, business representatives and Waveney MP Peter Aldous was held on Monday to launch a campaign to extend the A47.

The road runs from Leicestershire to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.

It is hoped by extending the A47 to Lowestoft via a trunk road, money could be provided for a third crossing over Lake Lothing.

The politicians are to discuss the scheme with Transport Minister Stephen Hammond later this month.

Mark Bee, leader of the Conservative-run Suffolk County Council, said the road extension would help ease congestion in the town.

"We want to see the A47 improved and Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth linked in a new way that will genuinely benefit the town and the county," he said.

"We will be pushing for this high up on Stephen Hammond's priority list."

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